From the President

The Lutheran Witness — Interpreting the contemporary world from a Lutheran Christian perspective.

Taboo: The Things We’re Not Talking About

You’ll be reminded of Jesus, who sees nothing and no one as taboo, but who loves to forgive and comfort His children.

How does Jesus view the Bible?

It’s very safe and chic these days to say, “I’m agnostic” or “I believe all religions have truth” or to be otherwise uncommitted. Most of the time, these are a safe mask for ignorance of what these religions actually teach and certainly of the actual content of the Bible. If we don’t recognize who Jesus is (and His identity is given us in Holy Scripture in stark clarity), if we are not continually in His Word, the world will have its way with us in all matters, not just our generation’s particular traps (like sexuality). “Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word.”

Genius and Courage

When it is commonly said that America was founded as a “Christian Nation,” that is only true in the sense that the overwhelming number of the founders were Christians, and that they recognized the benefit Christianity affords government.

Joy and Delight

[The angels] wish that there will be peace on earth, and that the kingdom of Christ, which is a kingdom of peace, will flourish on the earth.

Unworthy Servants

We know we shall bear the cross in this life, and as Christianity continues to fade from our nation (even as it blossoms elsewhere in the world), the soil will become harder here. But it still remains that God works through means, and He is even now working through us, and the message on our lips, to bring to Himself the full number of the elect.

Music in Service of the Gospel

There is unbelievable freedom in worship (Gal. 5:1). Yet, as St. Paul teaches, we are to use our freedom in service to our neighbor, and we therefore accept limits to our freedom (Gal. 5:13).

Where Is the Church?

Where there is Christ, there is the Church.

Back to Basics in Preaching

It’s time for us to pay attention to the greatest preacher in history, aside from Jesus, John the Baptist and St. Paul. It’s time for back-to-basics preaching.

Good for the Church

‘Persecution is always good for the Church. Always.’

Back to Basics: Law and Gospel

by Rev. Matthew C. Harrison At the heart of virtually every problem in the church, at…

Entirely True; Accurately Given

This indicates that what I know to be so by faith—that is, the words of Jesus, the accounts of Jesus, His death and resurrection, and the words and works of the apostles— is entirely true and accurately given in the New Testament

The Joy of Everyday Life

The secret to living a good news life in a bad news world is . . . [that] the vocations that He regards as great and marvelous are those in which we serve folks right under our nose.

Christ and the Church

Stewardship doesn’t have to be scary! President Harrison reminds us that the giving begins with Christ giving of Himself unto death for our sins.

The Joy of Forgiveness

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison explains how forgiveness has already been obtained for us on Christ’s cross.

We Need Christmas!

LCMS President Matthew C. Harrison reminds us that Christmas teaches that Christ was born for us and suffered for our sake.

Works of God

President Harrison explains how the disabled and suffering within the Church are showing witness, mercy, and life together.